AT&T Offers Mobile TV; Demand Slow on Verizon Unit

But CNet asks: does anyone care?
By Laila Weir,  Newser User
Posted Mar 28, 2008 11:27 AM CDT
Verizon customers can watch programs through the V Cast Mobile TV service, on the palm size VX 9400 from LG Electronics. The TV offers 24-hour broadcasts of eight channels from major networks.   (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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(Newser) – AT&T will offer TV subscriptions on some of its cellphones starting in May. The 10-channel service will be available for the LG Vu and the Samsung Access handsets. The company won’t release prices until May, but Verizon charges $15 for a similar service. The question—especially in a weak economy—is whether anyone really wants mobile TV, writes Marguerite Reardon in CNet.

After a year of the Verizon service, business has been slower than hoped for, according to the parent of MediaFlo, the company providing the service. This means MediaFlo might need to broaden beyond its current market of cellphone service providers and sell its mobile TV for any device with a small screen. "We've had a lot of interest from car manufacturers," said the president.